Tuesday, May 27, 2008

FREE THAT ASS AND THE MIND WILL FOLLOW

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Ahem, yes, there was ass on display all weekend at Movement 08, and there was even more ass. Putting some kind of context behind this isn't really hard if you've watched club and sleaze culture become more and more intertwined over time. Gone, it appears, at least for now, is the black & white and gray austerity built on a model of techno purity. We're talking about fashion here, I suppose, but we're also talking about gender and identity issues in this newish global ultraworld that Movement now so perfectly represents.

The sexualized girl on display is now a decorative necessity in this environment, it seems. Hippies and glam rockers had similar objectification issues with their women. Disco society began to feminize the music scene, allowing more room for participation by gays and girls. Punk tore gender differences to pieces, at least in theory, and so did the equalizing potential of electronic dance music.

Sure, it's there, some of the best performances this weekend were by women, but I just fear talent is being trumped by booty.

Some of the toughest critics I know thought the DJ set by Berlin's (via Austria and the UK) Cassy was the best thing they saw and heard all weekend. It was gorgeous, sensual, hot-blooded dance music that shifted without seams between minimal house, minimal techno and Latin grooves. But who cares what you call it when the artist behind the music has such great command of the dancefloor in front of her — in this case the massive bowl of the Main Stage at Hart Plaza? Way hot.

Punisher (Detroit's Michelle Hermann) and Pershing High alum Minx rocked the Underground Stage, Magda (Polish-born, former Hamtramckan now living in Berlin) put a shuffle into the crowd at the Beatport Stage, Ectomorph's Erika Sherman (of Ann Arbor) ran synthlines over and under the dancers at the Red Bull Stage.

Dudes everywhere, listen up. Girls and boys gotta get together on the same electro-magnetic platform. It's time. That's the only way to move this lovely-crazy-freaky cultural monster into a future that's really real. That's what we all want, right? Or is hyper-reality good enough?

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